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Apple to release 'iPhone 4S' in September say insiders

Consumer Reports News: May 16, 2011 09:38 AM

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According to industry insiders, there's good news and bad news for Apple iPhone fans. The good news: Apple will indeed release a new iPhone in September—and offer it to Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers. The bad news: It's not exactly the "iPhone 5" with super-fast 4G connections; it's being called the "Apple iPhone 4S."

Several tech sites have picked up on the news first reported on Forbes' blog. Quoting Peter Misek, a market analyst with Jefferies & Co., Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature only minor hardware changes, including better cameras and fast dual-core processors. The anticipated faster 4G wireless connections through Verizon's and AT&T's LTE networks, however, won't be in this model because LTE chips are still in short supply. And without the faster wireless Net connections, Misek said, this next iteration of Apple's smart phone will probably bear the moniker of "iPhone 4S."

Still, even without speedy LTE connections, some consumers may desire a beefed-up iPhone. And if the next-generation iPhone does come to T-Mobile and Sprint, it means Apple will finally have a presence with all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. This could be appealing to some Apple fans, especially those who aren't happy with AT&T's service—or its pending merger with T-Mobile.

What do you think? Is a pending "iPhone 4S" good news? Or just distraction from an "iPhone 5" with 4G connections?

Rumor: New "iPhone 4S" Launching on T-Mobile and Sprint, Too? [PC Mag]
Apple rumored to release 'iPhone 4S' with T-Mobile, Sprint support in Sept. [Apple Insider]
Apple's iPhone 5 Carried by Sprint, T-Mobile: Report [eWeek]
Apple: Analyst Says No LTE in iPhone 5; To Add Sprint, T-Mobile [Forbes]

Paul Eng

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